Al­war Bala­sub­ra­ma­niam

Un­usual, strik­ing, and norm-break­ing are just some of the words to de­scribe Bala­sub­ra­ma­niam’s work. And it’s these char­ac­ter­is­tics that have made him the artist du jour.

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If you’re look­ing for pleas­ant art for the liv­ing room, or wa­ter­colour daisies that re­mind you of Spring, Al­war Bala­sub­ra­ma­niam hardly fits the bill. His art is about break­ing the rules and cre­at­ing con­cepts that are im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore. Al­war’s style is unique— he uses his own body to cre­ate casts and works where he can place him­self in di­rect di­a­logue with his art and au­di­ences. “I try to cap­ture the in­vis­i­ble ter­ri­to­ries through sculp­ture, like a shadow or mag­netic field. The in­ten­tion is to cre­ate a mo­ment where one be­comes aware of things that ex­ist, but usu­ally go un­no­ticed.” It is this off-cen­tre­ness that has put him on the map. Al­war— who works with every­thing from paints to Naph­tha­lene balls—has re­ceived im­mense in­ter­na­tional ac­claim. The New York Times wrote: “Mr Bala­sub­ra­ma­niam is young, savvy and in the mid­dle of a spurt of growth. It could take him any­where, but there’s al­ready a lot here.” Cur­rently, his works are be­ing show­cased at a year-long solo ex­hi­bi­tion at The Phillips Col­lec­tion Mu­seum, Washington, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 90th an­niver­sary. His up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, Noth­ing From My Hands will take place at the Tal­war Art Gallery, oc­cu­py­ing its four-sto­ried build­ing, and prom­ises to push the in­side/out­side di­a­logue to an­other di­men­sion.

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